Gravel Lake Recovery Dive by Jim Scholz and Don McAlhany on Feb 20th. There was maybe 4″ of Ice, lots of fishing holes every where and a number of fisherman scattered around. We were looking for a dive some where and when Jim got a call about a lost I-phone that was all the reason to go dive. The air temperature was above 32 F, only a little breeze and lots of sun light. After the “I think it was here” area was identified the hole was cut, equipment setup and staged. The visibility was rather good, typical bottom layer and vegetation above the muck until the searching began then it turned pitch black. We were lucky that the X on the ice was on target because we were able to find and retrieve the phone. Jim was able to get in to check out the area but developed a first stage leak and wisely discontinued his dive. All in all a good day of diving.
Lake 16 Ice Dive – Feb 13, 2016
It was a blustery day for a ice dive with a high today in Martin of 10°F with a wind chill index on the ice of -9°F. Four divers, Bob Sweeney, Robb Lyczynski, Richard Curtis, and Don McAlhany, showed up for the dive and all got wet, some for a longer time than others.
The drive there on I-94 was treacherous, lots of ice and blowing snow but at the lake the sun was shining but it was cold. We pulled the flat bed trailer on the ice with most of the gear to act as a staging platform. As we get older we get smarter, sometimes, and used an aluminum staging platform for entry and exit which made getting in and especially out very easy for everyone.
The visibility was 15 to 20 feet depending on the background and when using a tether for the divers extreme caution had to be taken to avoid the entanglement hazards with the platform and the bell support cables.
Unfortunately Bob Sweeney’s first stage on his O2 bottle blew an internal o-ring so the rebreather was parked and he temporarly became shore support. Bob did manage a short (1-2 minutes) and shallow (1 ft) dive using Richards gear when the ice plug drifted away from the hole and needed some persuasion to get it back in its place after the diving was done.
Robb Lyczynski, Bob Sweeney, Richard Curtis
Lake 16 Ice Dive – Feb 7, 2016
Six divers got in the water and 2 individuals provided surface support. Water temp was about 37°F, the air was about the same not counting wind chill factor, 5 inches of good ice with no snow covering. If the bodies were in one area we got a good bit of sag around the triangle so we stayed spread out. The hole was about 10 feet from the phone booth and an easy shot to the U/W platform. Visibility a good 15 feet, looking up back to the hole you could not see the light so you needed the line to come home. Lake 16 platform is located at N 42*33.948 W 085*36.694
Those participating included: Kevin Ailes, Gary Passon, Deb Wittkowski, , Ted Tomaszewski, Robb Lyczynski, Donald McAlhany, Wendy McKibben and Ron Jenner.
Thrill of the Chill – Marmont Launch – Niles, MI – Jan 22, 2016
Four Muddies enjoying the St. Joseph River Ice Dive – Marmont, Niles, Mi. Todays water temperature at the surface was 34° F, with shore line ice at +2 inches, with medium burgs floating swiftly by. Air temperature a balmy 28° F with hardly any wind and plenty of sun. Visibility easily 5 feet (if you were not behind someone). Participating divers were Richard Curtis, Kevin Ailes, Ted Tomaszcwski, and Mac.
Thrill of the Chill, Marmont Launch, Niles, Mi. Jan 16, 2016
Today’s visibility was better than last weeks dive, the current away from shore much faster and the air and water temperature’s were much lower. During today’s dive, we tested several different color LED Glow Sticks made by Trident, Dive Becon and Promar manufactures. Many thanks to Mary Beth and Howie Kuhns for providing shore support and MB for the heated trailer.
Chamber Dive – Kalamazoo, MI. – Jan 16, 2016
Take a ride in the Hyperbaric Chamber! This is a fun way to stay dry and get a “dive” in during the winter months, to learn about Hyperbaric Chambers, their uses and history by attending class/presentation at Sub-Aquatic Sports and then travel over to the Hyperbaric Chamber in Kalamazoo to do the “dive”.
If you have never done it, it is sure to be a fun, learning experience for you! The chamber experience cost is $80. Give Sub-Aquatic Sports a call to get in on the next chamber dive. Two Muddies, Kevin Ailes and John Nedoba, participated in this months dive to 150 feet.
The Muddies always recommend that you do a chamber dive before you start deep water diving as a prudent practice of approaching a deep dive in gradual steps and a chamber dive is one of the steps to help determine where and when YOU and your buddy begin to be affected by nitrogen narcosis.
From our initial training classes we have learned how nitrogen narcosis can begin to effect divers as shallow as 60 feet but is more noticeable at around a 100 feet and at 130 feet virtually all divers will have significant though manageable narcosis. Narcosis messes with your mind, your thinking process slows down, you lose multitasking ability and lose short-term memory.
Explore your personal envelope cautiously. Increase your maximum depth by increments of 10 feet or so. How did you feel at 60 or 80 or 90 feet? Any symptoms of narcosis? Did you stick to your dive plan? Did you make any mistakes or feel confused at any point? If all was well, try that depth again with more task loading on another day. When you’re comfortable with 90 feet, go to 100. It’s not a race to 130 feet.
Thrill of the Chill – Marmont Launch, Niles – Jan 9, 2016
With just a dusting of snow on the ground and no serious ice on the river, 4 Muddies took advantage of the mild weather to “get wet”. Mary Beth Thar, Dan Schulte, Don Mac, and Jake Thar (with his battery driven hooka ) did a little grubbing along the banks of the Saint Joseph river down in Niles. Remember that diving is not just a warm water sport, and having yards of visibility is over rated.